Independent Bookstore Day is April 27th

Hello, friends!

We are excited to announce our plans for Independent Bookstore Day, which is Saturday, April 27, 2019!

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. But in addition to authors, treats, kids events, poetry foxes, contests, trivia and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

Why celebrate independent bookstores?

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

Following, you will find our schedule of events for April 27, and the exclusive items only available at independent bookstores on this day:


All day–Crafts and coloring for kids.

All day–Free cookies!

9am-12pm–Purr Cup Cat cafe (back by popular demand)

Enjoy a cuppa and pet some kitties! There will be a (contained) area of the store where people are welcome to pet the cats, while an in-store café cart will have coffee and tea available for a donation. The Purr Cup Cat Café is a not-yet-open coffee shop with cats! They do pop-up events around Raleigh to raise money for their café and for the Meow House Cat Rescue, which is where the kitties come from.

10am-8pm–Drawings for gift bags every hour on the hour (one for adults and one for kids).

10:30am–Under the Tree Story Time with special guest Cat in the Hat
11:30am–Slime making
12:30pm–Cat in the Hat Comes back for more photo opportunities and some face painting.

2pm-4pm–Poetry Fox

Stay tuned to this page for more updates and additions to the schedule!


One per person. If you would like to make purchases and then re-enter the line for the opportunity to buy more exclusive items, you may.

Exclusive signed edition of Women Talking by Miriam Toews (print run 1000)–$24

Fans of Toews’ darkly funny fiction have been waiting for this one. And we have an exclusive signed edition with a redesigned, IBD-only cover. Women Talking is a transformative novel — as completely unexpected as it is inspired— based on actual events that happened between 2005 and 2009 in a remote Mennonite community.

Fight Evil Read Books enamel pin–$12

Adichie Canvas Pouch–$14

A handy canvas pouch featuring a quote from Chimamanda Ngozo Adichie’s “We Should All be Feminists”.

What to Eat With What You Read: A Guide for Book Clubs and Other Literary Gatherings–$16.99

A companion to last year’s IBD bestseller The Book Club Journal, comes this funny, helpful guide with reading lists, recipes, and menu suggestions from 25 of our favorite authors.

Authors include: R.O. Kwon, Amy Stewart, Jess Walter, Leni Zumas, Vanessa Hua, Carmen Maria Machado, Christopher Moore, Amy Bloom, Min Jin Lee, Catherine Lacey, Georgia Clark, Joshilyn Jackson, Roxane Gay, Sofija Stefanovic, Lisa Halliday, Meg Mitchell Moore, Robin Sloan, Susan Wiggs, Ottessa Moshfegh, Katherine Quinn, Mary Roach, Jennifer Chiaverini, Christine Baker Kline, Jennifer Egan.

Exclusive Signed Edition of Adjustment Day by Chuck Palahniuk (print run 3000)–$15.95

This IBD-only special edition will pub on Bookstore Day, 3 days before the official paperback releaseAdjustment Day, the author’s first novel in four years, is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society.

Exclusive signed edition of Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It? by Patricia Marx and Roz Chast–$20

This hilarious collaboration between Roz Chast and Patricia Marx is a collection of witty (and real!) pieces of advice New Yorker writer Patricia Marx got from her mother. Our exclusive edition is signed with a special IBD-only jacket.

Exclusive Charles Bukowski vinyl record–(print run 3000)–$24.99

Features exclusive selections and additional material from the Run with the Hunted recording session. This is real Bukowski in his real voice, sandpaper and all. In 1993, the year before he died, Bukowski recorded and published selections from his classic Run with the Hunted. This exclusive vinyl edition features these selections along with additional material from that recording session including candid conversations between Bukowski, his wife Linda Lee Bukowski, and his producer. This is a true must-have for the Bukowski fan.

Literary Tea Towels–Louisa May Alcott and Gertrude Stein–$22

This year’s tea towels feature coffee-centric quotes from Gertrude Stein and Louisa May Alcott.

Literary Luminary Pins–$5 each

Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, Neil Gaiman and Toni Morrison.

Exclusive signed edition of Man-Eaters Volume 1 by Chelsea Cain, Lia Miternique and Kate Niemczyk (print run 1500)–$12.99

A groundbreaking feminist graphic novel from Chelsea Cain, Lia Miternique & Kate Niemczyk.

From the creative team that brought you
the groundbreaking Eisner-nominated seriesMockingbird, this trade paperback collects the first story arc (#s 1-4) of the unconventional coming- of-age tale-including the informative survival handbook, “CAT FIGHT! A BOYS’ GUIDE TO DANGEROUS CATS” and all-new never-before- published extras!

Exclusive On The Come Up Journal with bound-in author letter by Angie Thomas–$9.95

In this full-color illustrated journal, start getting your OWN ideas down and find inspiration in a letter from Thomas and quotes from On the Come Up!Author Angie Thomas is known for characters who learn the power of their own voices and, in speaking out, change the community and world around them. But whether it’s Starr from The Hate U Give, Bri from On the Come Up, or Angie herself—it all starts with the ideas.

Exclusive signed edition of The Girl Who Drank the Moon with free vinyl stickers by Kelly Barnhill (print run 1000)–$9.95

We have an exclusive signed edition of the 2017 Newberry Award winning middle grade novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon (a huge indie favorite). The regular paperback releases at the same time. The IBD edition also includes a set of high- quality vinyl stickers.

Exclusive signed edition of Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants with free iron-on Ada patch by Andrea Beaty (print run 3000)–$12.99

A special Independent Bookstore Day exclusive autographed copy of ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS signed by bestselling author Andrea Beaty and a collectible embroidered iron-on patch of stellar scientist Ada Twist are the perfect gifts for curious readers everywhere and fans of The Questioneers!

Exclusive Elmo’s New Puppy Little Golden Book (print run 5000)–$4.99

This Bookstore Day exclusive is in partnership with Sesame Street Workshop’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Wings of Fire Stories by Tui T. Sutherland (print run 1500)–$7.99

This exclusive mini-book contains 2 short stories never before in print, and a letter from Tui.

FREE ITEMS (one per person, while supplies items):

Overheard On the Titanic Print by Austin Kleon (print run 2500)

Atlas Obscura’s Literary Wonders by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton

A booklover’s mini-guide from the creators of the bestselling Atlas Obscura. Discover secret libraries, esoteric books, and sites famous literary works and happenings. A must-have for all readers who wander.

Flora of Middle Earth Postcard by Graham Judd (print run 500)

A frame-worthy large postcard from The Flora of Middle Earth. The natural landscape plays a major role in nearly all of Tolkien’s major works, and readers have come to view the geography of this fictional universe as integral to understanding and enjoying Tolkien’s works. Nearly all of the plants are real species, and many of the fictional plants are based on scientifically grounded botanic principles.

Grandpa’s Ghost Stories Sticker Sheets by James Flora (print run 500)

Each package contains two sheets of stickers from James Flora’s beloved children’s classic Grandpa’s Ghost Stories.

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